Nate Rawlings

Nate Rawlings is a writer for TIME magazine's international team. He previously wrote for the magazine’s Briefing section and about domestic government, politics and military affairs. Prior to joining the TIME staff, Nate reported for the magazine from Iraq and Afghanistan while studying in graduate school. A former Army officer, Nate served two combat tours in Iraq, as a platoon leader in 2006, and as an embedded combat advisor to the Iraqi Army in 2008-2009, both with 4th Infantry Division. Nate holds a BA in History from Princeton University, an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Dispatches From the Third Front: Part II–the Refuge

Nearly every military installation, from our many stateside posts to larger bases in combat zones, have some form of a Morale, Welfare and Recreation center, what the troops call MWR. At Brooke Army Medical Center, the place of refuge is more than just a recreation center; it’s a central part of their healing and journey home. Our trip …

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Dispatches From the Third Front: Day 1–The Hero

In north San Antonio, just off of Interstate 35, a towering hospital building dominates Brooke Army Medical Center, one of two hospitals–along with the newly unified Walter Reed National Military Center–that treat some of the most grievously wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. BAMC, as the soldiers call it, is one of the …

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An Army Birthday Gift–So Long Black Beret!

It’s without an ounce of wistfulness that I bid adieu to one of the most ridiculous and unpopular pieces of Army-issue equipment–the black beret. For the past decade, when soldiers were not in Iraq or Afghanistan, they suffered through parades, formations and all manner of long walks with sweaty, misshapen plops of wool covering …

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Up On the Net

Before I introduce myself, I want to thank all of the readers of this column for your kind words about my first post. David Self was a wonderful person and a dedicated NCO. Men and women like him are the backbone of our armed forces; they do the tough business in training and in combat. We lose them far too often and it’s always …

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One of the 6,000

On Memorial Day, Americans paid tribute to the men and women who have fought our nation’s wars, especially those who didn’t come home. My new colleague Mark Thompson, who has generously invited me to contribute to Battleland, had some powerful observations about the Pentagon news releases that have trickled down in a “

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